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There aren’t many issues that engage the public as profoundly as education and social policy. Education touches everyone. A well-functioning system of education—where all students, not just some, have the opportunity to learn and thrive—is not just a moral duty but a critical necessity in the knowledge-based economy of today and tomorrow. And in a society where inequality and alienation are distressing realities, we’re looking for leaders to articulate solutions that can pull us together.

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Martin Gamboa '15

For Martin Gamboa ’15 (pictured), Boston College has been a springboard into the field of urban education and an introduction to working and studying abroad. After spending his junior year studying and student teaching in Greece, the secondary education and history major from the Bronx is now bound for Poland on a 2015–16 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant. While he continues to develop his craft as a teacher, Gamboa plans to research the Polish education system. Read about more Lynch School student leaders »

Faculty members David Scanlon, Susan Bruce, Penny Hauser-Cram, Diana Pullin. Kristen Bottema-Beutel, and Mike Russell

In the 40 years that have passed since Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the number of children and young adults receiving state-funded special education services in the United States has grown more than sixfold. Today, more than six million exceptional learners are enrolled in public schools, and researchers and educators continue to make strides in understanding these learners’ needs at every stage of their development. Read about faculty scholarship on services and supports for exceptional leaders and view video »

IACHE participants

Catholic college and university presidents, provosts, deans, and heads of mission and ministry from around the world will gather at Boston College July 13–16 for the 15th annual Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education (IACHE). Forty participants are expected this year at the gathering, which is directed by Michael James, a Lynch School lecturer in educational leadership and higher education. Since 2001, the IACHE has drawn more than 500 senior administrators from 130 national and international Catholic colleges and universities to collaboratively consider some of Catholic higher education’s most pressing issues. (Pictured: previous IACHE participants) Read more about the IACHE »

Eva Egron-Polak, secretary-general of the International Association of Universities,

Boston College celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) in late May with a robust program of speakers. University Vice Provost for Faculties Patricia DeLeeuw; Philip Altbach, research professor and outgoing CIHE director; and incoming CIHE Director Hans de Wit, an expert in internationalization of higher education, addressed the gathering. In a panel discussion, Eva Egron-Polak (pictured), secretary-general of the International Association of Universities, and Francisco Marmolejo, leading tertiary education specialist of the World Bank, each offered perspectives on the most important issues facing higher education globally over the next 20 years. View video of experts discussing the future of international higher education »

Faculty news

More than 40 Lynch School of Education faculty, staff, and graduate students traveled to Chicago in April to present their latest research at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Read about research on bullying, mobile technology in the classroom, dual-language immersion, and more »


Alumni notes

A new study published by Daphne Hernandez, Ph.D. ’05, and featured in the Boston Globe suggests family-related factors play a role in children's risk of obesity. Hernandez is assistant professor in health and human performance at the University of Houston and in its Texas Obesity Research Center. Read more student and alumni news »